June 24, 2018

 Maki's Kitchen, by Maki Shoji, Pen

A painting can have glorious colour, good composition, be lively and engaging and yet people can still detect something 'off'. That off thing is often drawing. There are many methods to improve your drawing skills but a very fun...

May 4, 2018

Just look at this gorgeous little plein air at Les Jardin du Tulieres and the Louvre by cousin Cheryl Peddie who is in France painting! Cheryl does NOT have detailitis, what she has a is a great painting. She tells me it's not yet totally finished but close. Notic...

April 10, 2018

In Artsnip 8 I talked about how photos can exaggerate the darks stripping them of colour and making them black without the luminosity that occurs in real life. If you paint it exactly as you see it in the photo you risk lifeless flat black areas in your painting....

February 21, 2018

 Golden Sojourn by Cindy Revell, Oil on Canvas 20x16

Recently when I was working on a whimsical painting I realized that in NOT depicting something realistically I have been able to explore and take chances that I might not take if I were trying to make something real....

November 14, 2017

Photo references for paintings often have bleached out colour or shadows lacking in depth and luminosity. Learn how to fix it this common problem!

August 26, 2017

Painting from holiday photos can bring back many great memories but there are some problems with photos. The camera can sometimes strip colour from highlights and make them too light while making the shadows often appear much darker. Super dark shadows often mean that...

July 12, 2017

Using simplification and massing to make plein air or studio painting easier.

March 22, 2017

How many of you are working with a limited palette?

With a limited palette you can focus on a few colours and learn them very well vs having limited knowledge of a whole pile of colours and the uncertainty that comes with a large selection of colour that you don’t compl...

January 15, 2017

Whether an artist paints plein air, still life, portraits from life or works from a photo a poor composition can degrade an otherwise good painting. Composition is both simple and complex at the same time but one simple thing can improve your art.

And that thing  is ………...

October 27, 2016

Red yellow and blue, the 3 primaries from which other colours can be derived. So seemingly simple.

But WHICH red, yellow and blue? And why do the primaries not always make clean colour? You may have found that mixing one type of blue with another type of red does not ma...

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